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Leroy S. Ketchum

September 24, 1929 November 20, 2018
Leroy S. Ketchum
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Leroy Steiwer Ketchum was born in McMinnville to Edward Leroy and Marian Steiwer Ketchum. He lived nearly his entire life on the family farm in Hopewell. When he wasn't at the farm, he was falling timber in Northern California, Washington, and the Oregon Coast Range and Cascades. His chainsaw and his Caterpillar bulldozer were his favorite tools. His family will remember his broad grin -- teeth caked with dirt -- as he dozed brush and moved dirt.

Leroy shared his love of the outdoors with his wife and children and took them backpacking, camping, hunting and fishing throughout Oregon. His special deer and elk camp was in the Blue Mountains and he spent many hunting seasons there.

A descendant of settlers from the first wagon train to Oregon in 1843, Leroy enjoyed telling family stories to his children.

He leaves behind his wife of 60 years Joan R. (Clow) Ketchum of Hopewell; daughter Beth Ketchum Wilson of Lebanon and son Ken Ketchum of Hopewell and son-in-law Tim and daughter-in-law Barbara; grandsons Bryce Ketchum of McMinnville and Kevin Ketchum of Hopewell and their spouses Liz and Ashley; and great-grandchildren Connor Ketchum and Olivia Ketchum. He was fond of the family dog Emma and enjoyed her antics and company.

A celebration of life is planned for later.


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